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Nature walk Vero Beach: Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area

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The Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area, also referred to as ORCA, offers hikers 298 acres of outdoor excitement. This nature park is located just east of U.S. Highway 1 on Oslo Road (9th Street SE) in Vero Beach, Florida and is home to many rustic trails, boardwalks, observation platforms and towers. There is also an easily accessible canoe dock for those wishing to explore the waters of the Indian River Lagoon.

Nature trails will take you through the many undeveloped areas where you will see mature coastal hammocks, scrubby flatwoods and estuarine wetlands. You will also see live oaks, firebush, native wildflowers, cabbage palms, saw palmetto and other varieties of hammock species.

During your hike you may also see many of the area’s wildlife, including manatees, woodpeckers, squirrels, songbirds, eagles, egrets, pelicans and lizards.

Did you know that ORCA is home to the largest Splash Pine in the world? According to Indian River County, the “Awesome Pine” is located within the Conservation Area and has been officially documented as the largest one in the world.

A volunteer naturalist will be available the fist Saturday of each month for the Coastal Wetland Walk (moderately difficult) tour from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. All other Saturdays the Conservation Area features the Hammock Walk (moderately easy) from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. Call 772.778.7200 to reserve your spot on one of these tours.

The public access facilities and trails are open to the public daily from sunrise to sunset. Parking is located near the south-west corner of the Conservation Area, east of the South Vero Square Shopping Center. For more information about ORCA visit the Indian River County website by clicking here.

Happy traveling!

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